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Murphy, Michael P. A.; Groen, Jovan F. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
This article presents an evaluation of an active learning classroom (ALC) initiative at the University of Ottawa. Preliminary results indicate three broad trends to inform future practice and classroom design: 1) Despite advances in educational technology, there remains a strong appetite for low-tech, interactive learning opportunities; 2)…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, College Freshmen, Active Learning
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de Moissac, Danielle; Waddell, Candice; Smith, Nadine; Rocque, Rhéa – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
With the increased incidence of poor mental health in young adults, health promotion strategies are needed on campuses. World Cafés were held to facilitate discussion around three main topics: thoughts about findings emerging from a recent health survey; resources currently available on campus; and strategies or resources needed to improve student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mental Health, Health Promotion, College Students
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Baker, Nick; Freer, John; Fujita, Nobuko; Higgison, Alicia; Lubrick, Mark; Sabourin, Brandon M.; Sylvester, Jane; van Wyk, Paula M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
This paper explores the development of a flexible, free, online certificate program built on open educational resources to support instructors transitioning to online and non-traditional teaching modes. The program offers multiple pathways to completion, including recognition of prior learning and immersing participants in the online learning…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Faculty Development, Teacher Certification, Electronic Learning
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Coles, Matthew; Leung, Fok-Shuen; Radzimski, Vanessa; Sargent, Pam – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
This article describes the landscape of teaching assistantships (TAships) in the Mathematics Department of a large, public, research institution. First, we present visualized data describing the terrain for all mathematics graduate students. Second, we focus on three specific journeys in that terrain. We employ an autoethnographical research…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics
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Wood, Suzanne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
In the later years of undergraduate study, students read, process, and evaluate primary literature within specific fields of study. Shifting from textbooks to the vast amounts of peer-reviewed current literature can be difficult for students. This article details an innovative approach to helping students successfully make this transition through…
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction, Critical Thinking
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Brockerhoff-Macdonald, Bettina; Brennan, Kelly; Houle, Megan – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
Laurentian University's Teaching and Innovation team recently created the virtual CAE Coffeehouse, an online repository of a variety of faculty development resources. The online CAE Coffeehouse supports the physical in-person Faculty Learning Community through web-streamed workshops, drop-in hours, a teaching "book club", individual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Communities of Practice, College Faculty
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Cramer, Kenneth; DeBlock, Denise – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
Following 20 years of publishing rank and reputation scores for Canada's 49 institutions of higher education, the present analysis tested five hypotheses: (1) rank and reputation should be positively correlated across schools for each year; (2) rank and reputation should be positively correlated across the 20 years for each school; (3) a school's…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Universities, Reputation, Educational History
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Manion, Kathleen; Shah-Preusser, Noreen; Dyck, Trish; Thackeray, Susan – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
Learning in teams offers unique benefits to understand and address contemporary, global, and local challenges through effective and thoughtful learning journeys. However, learning in teams is not always thoroughly planned or effectively delivered. In trying to better understand what processes support or hinder effective and innovative learning in…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, College Students, Foreign Countries, Learning Processes
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Ismail, Elizabeth; Chittle, Laura – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
The teaching assistant program at the University of Windsor facilitates opportunities for students to develop leadership capacity, creativity, and pedagogical knowledge. This study explored the skills that student workshop facilitators were developing and/or enhancing, and how these skills might be used outside of teaching-related duties. Data…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Transfer of Training, Teaching Skills, Workshops
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Rushe, Shannon E.; Salter, Diane J. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
Faculty Development programs aim to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of teaching faculty with the goal of enhancing the student learning environment. This article describes a two-year research project that explored the impact of a task-based faculty development certificate program. Attitudinal and behavioural changes were assessed…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Certification, Task Analysis, Attitude Change
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Skene, Allyson; Raffoul, Jessica; Chittle, Laura – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
Certain government agencies are requiring more and more evidence from colleges and universities that they are efficient, effective, and relevant by calling for numbers, key performance indicators, benchmarks, and quality assurance protocols--that is, evidence based on productivity, 'economic efficiency', and 'value for money' (Power, 1994; Shore,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Audits (Verification), Compliance (Legal), Accountability
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Endersby, Lisa; Maheux-Pelletier, Geneviève – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
The definition of experiential education (EE) has both pedagogical and practical implications for higher education institutions. While there is increasing pressure to justify and quantify these experiences, we remain faced with the challenge of ensuring that a demonstration of breadth does not distract from the importance of meaningful depth both…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Donaldson, Sheetal – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
This article describes the Context Based Learning (CBL) redesign of Nursing courses addressing life transitions, including by implementing group discussion, written concept analysis, group presentations, reflections on thinking and simulation performance, group skills analysis and a final paper. The purpose of the study was to determine how these…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Nursing Education
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Salter, Diane J.; Rushe, Shannon E. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
This paper describes the oral assessment activity we designed and used as a culminating activity for faculty participants in a professional academic development program. The program offers multiple certificates, and the goal of each certificate is to enhance participants' abilities to design and deliver exceptional student learning experiences. We…
Descriptors: Verbal Tests, Faculty Development, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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Beckstead, Lori – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2020
This paper draws on the author's experience of developing a short-term, intensive international learning experience within the framework of a one-semester course. This paper is aimed at faculty members who are interested in implementing a short but effective and authentic international learning opportunity, but who may not have expertise in issues…
Descriptors: Authentic Learning, Learning Activities, Study Abroad, Teaching Experience
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